the burden of good ideas

 

“Good ideas come with a heavy burden; which is why so few people execute them. Few people can handle it.“

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Hugh MacLeod

I love this quote for a variety of reasons.

 

 

Let me begin with the implied thought he shares.

 

There are more good ideas than we know about.

 

He is correct.

 

Good ideas, or the nugget of a good idea or a derivative <that could become a good idea> are scattered everywhere. You just need to listen closely and you will find a good idea every day <assuming you listen to enough people>.

 

But.

He is absolutely correct in that few people accept the burden that comes with a good idea.

 

 

Good ideas are tough in two ways <okay … more but I will focus on two> … first may seem contradictory to what I wrote at the beginning but I am really qualifying what I stated.

 

There are a lot of good ideas but the really good ideas are rare.

To clarify … by rare good ideas I mean the really meaningful ones. The ones that make an impact. The ones that make a difference. The ones that make people sit up and pay attention.

 

Oh.

 

Which leads me to numero Two-o (or second).

 

 

Getting people to sit up and pay attention.

Well.

Paying attention is a double edged sword. And the dangerous edge of the sword is the fact that people challenge and debate and skewer <even if it doesn’t deserve skewering>.

 

 

 

Look.

 

 

The burden of a good idea is never in coming up with it.

 

 

This is just a guess but I bet there are more good ideas sitting in someone’s drawer <or a bunch of people’s drawers> then have ever been done let alone made public. There are more good ideas than we have time to actually do.

 

 

The real burden is in vocalizing, defending and figuring out how to implement.

And Hugh suggests few people can handle it.

 

 

I tell kids all the time that they are our future … only if they actually accept the burden of our future.

 

 

So often those who are being asked to accept the responsibility of the future complain about those in the past ><or they even resent> with regard to shirking responsibility.

 

 

 

Well.

 

 

 

I have a bunch of things to say to that but suffice it to say I will simply say “nuts.”

 

 

Nuts to all that crap.

 

 

Ideas are of the present and the future. Lingering in the past is simply a way to avoid the burden that comes along with an idea.

 

 

If you have an idea … good … share it.

 

If you have an idea and you want it to actually happen … good … do it.

 

 

Good ideas are a burden.

 

 

 

And it is the people who do not recognize that which will consistently fall into the ‘dreamer’ category. Meandering through life coming up with ideas and wondering <and sometimes bitching> about why no one does these ideas they are thinking about and talking about.

 

 

And then there are the people who take on the burden. The ones who have ideas and actually scratch and claw and fight through all the negativity and doubters to make it happen.

 

 

 

Oh.

 

Here is the deal.

 

 

 

Not everyone who has an idea and fights for it has a good idea.

If you can ever convince that person that their idea sucks <or is just not that good> but then you steer them towards a good idea … well … you are in the gold.

 

 

 

Because the people who accept the burden are valuable commodities. It takes a special person. And it is foolish of us to simply disregard those who accept the burden and yet have a bad idea as fools or dreamers or … well … not worth paying attention to.

Because they have a skill.

They are strong enough for the burden. And let me tell ya folks … not everyone has the strength to do that. So when we chastise or joke about those people <simply because the idea maybe even be a little nutty rather than ‘not so good’> we shouldn’t. We should be seeking opportunities to utilize those people’s strengths.

 

 

 

Regardless.

 

 

I am 100% confident that there are a gazillion good ideas sitting out there in the homes of people who just do not want the burden of a good idea.

 

 

Hugh is correct.

 

It is a separate post but a HUGE issue is the fact most people cannot tell the difference between a good idea and shitty idea or even a mediocre <already ideas history ofdone> idea.

 

 

But.

 

In the end?

 

Hugh is correct.

 

 

Most people cannot handle the burden of a good idea.

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